Kevin Stallings

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Kevin Stallings
Kevin Stallings 2010-02-10.jpg
Stallings during a basketball game
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Vanderbilt
Record 292-192
Biographical details
Born (1960-10-01) October 1, 1960 (age 53)
Collinsville, Illinois
Playing career
1978–1979
1979–1982
Belleville JC
Purdue
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1982–1988
1988–1993
1993–1999
1999–present
Purdue (asst.)
Kansas (asst.)
Illinois State
Vanderbilt
Head coaching record
Overall 415-255
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
MVC Tournament Championship (1997, 1998)
MVC Regular Season Championship (1997, 1998)
SEC Tournament Championship (2012)
Awards
SEC Coach of the Year (2010)
SEC Coach of the Year (2007)
MVC Coach of the Year (1998)

Kevin Stallings (born October 1, 1960) is currently in his 14th season as the head men’s basketball coach at Vanderbilt University. Previously, he served as head coach at Illinois State University and was an assistant coach at Purdue University and the University of Kansas.

Playing career[edit]

Stallings was born in Collinsville, Illinois. He graduated from Collinsville High School in Collinsville, Illinois in 1978, where he played guard (6'5", 190 lbs.) for four years under legendary coach Vergil Fletcher and won three conference championships. The Kahoks went 30-1 his junior season and lost to De La Salle in the first round of the Illinois state tournament, 67-66.[1] In his senior season, the Kahoks finished 28-3 and finished third in the state tournament. They lost in the semi-finals 55-53 to eventual champion Lockport Central, who finished the season 33-0.[2] Stallings still holds Collinsville records for career assists (665), season assists (284) and season steals (146).[3]

After a year at Belleville Area College in Belleville, Illinois, where his team went 28-9 and made the NJCAA tournament, Stallings enrolled at Purdue and played three years. His first season, the Boilermakers finished with a 27-8 record under coach Lee Rose and reached the NCAA Final Four. Purdue reached the NIT Final Four in Stallings’ junior and senior seasons, Gene Keady’s first two seasons at the helm of the Boilermakers.[4] Stallings started 17 games his senior season and averaged 4.3 points and 2.6 assists per game.

Stallings received a bachelor of science in business management in 1982 and a master of science in counseling in 1985, both from Purdue.[4]

Assistant coaching jobs[edit]

Purdue[edit]

After graduation in 1982, Stallings began as assistant coach at Purdue under Gene Keady. From 1982 to 1988, Purdue amassed a 140-44 record, winning three Big Ten Championships (two shared and one outright) and reaching the NCAA Tournament all six years. The highlight was a Sweet Sixteen appearance in 1988, when the Boilermakers finished 29-4 and earned a number one seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Kansas[edit]

In 1988, Stallings was hired by Roy Williams, who had taken over at Kansas after Larry Brown's surprising NCAA Tournament championship. During the next five seasons, the Jayhawks compiled a 132-38 record and reached four NCAA Tournaments. They advanced to the Final Four twice. In 1991, they lost to Duke in the finals, 72-65, while in 1993, they lost in the semifinals to North Carolina, 78-68.

Head coaching jobs[edit]

Illinois State[edit]

In 1993, Stallings became the 15th head coach at Illinois State following Bob Bender’s move to the University of Washington. The Redbirds went 123-63 during his six-year tenure and reached the NCAA Tournament and the NIT twice each. His winning percentage of .661 is the highest ever by an Illinois State coach who coached at least five years.

Following a 16-11 (Missouri Valley Conference: 12-6, 4th) record his first season, Stallings led Illinois State a 20-13 record (MVC: 13-5, 2nd) in his second year. They lost to Washington State 83-80 in the second round of the 1995 NIT. In 1995-96, the Redbirds (22-12 overall, 13-5 MVC) again finished second in the MVC and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NIT, where they lost to Tulane 83-72.

In 1996-97, Illinois State (24-6, 14-4) won the Missouri Valley Conference regular season title and tournament to reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1990. The Redbirds lost to Iowa State in the first round 69-57 in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

In 1997-98, led by MVC player of the year Rico Hill (18.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg) and Dan Muller (13.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg), Illinois State (25-6, 16-2) swept the MVC regular season and tournament titles for the second consecutive year. The Redbirds beat Tennessee 82-81 in overtime in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Sacramento, California, before losing to 4th-ranked Arizona in the second round 82-49. Following the season, Stallings was named MVC coach of the year. After losing four starters, the Redbirds fell back to 16-15 (MVC: 7-11, 7th) in Stallings’ final year.

Vanderbilt[edit]

Stallings became head coach at Vanderbilt in 1999, replacing Jan van Breda Kolff. In his first season, the Commodores rebounded from a 14-15 record to finish 19-11 (Southeastern Conference: 8-8). They were led by SEC Player of the Year Dan Langhi, who led the SEC with 22.1 points per game.

The Commodores slipped to 15-15 (SEC: 4-12) in 2000-01 and missed the postseason, although Matt Freije became only the fifth Commodore to be named to the SEC All-Freshman team.

In 2001-02, they improved marginally to 17-15 (SEC: 6-10). Wins at Tennessee and against No. 11 Kentucky in the final week helped Vanderbilt secure an NIT berth. They beat Houston 59-50 in the opening round before losing in the next. Freije earned third-team All-SEC honors, and Brian Thornton became the sixth Commodore to be named to the SEC All-Freshman team.

In 2002-03, Stallings suffered the only losing season of his career, when the Commodores slumped to 11-18 (SEC: 3-13). Freije was named second-team All-SEC by the league’s coaches.

In 2003-04, Stallings led the Commodores to a 23-10 record (SEC: 8-8) and the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament. The Commodores had a 66-60 regular season win over No. 4 Kentucky and knocked off No. 9 Mississippi State in the SEC Tournament before losing to Florida in the semi-finals. In the NCAA tournament, Vanderbilt received a No. 6 seed and defeated Western Michigan 71-58 in the first round. In the second round, the Commodores trailed third-seeded North Carolina State 67-56 with 3:45 to play, but Freije keyed a 19-6 Vanderbilt run to end the game for a 75-73 win. Vanderbilt lost to eventual national champion Connecticut 73-53 in the Sweet Sixteen. Freije (18.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg) was named first-team All-SEC and finished as Vanderbilt’s leading all-time scorer (1,891 points).

In 2004-05, the Commodores narrowly missed the NCAA tournament, finishing 20-14 (SEC: 8-8). Vanderbilt beat Indiana and Wichita State in the NIT before losing to Memphis in the quarterfinals, 81-68. Shan Foster became the seventh Commodore to be named to the SEC All-Freshman team and the third during Stallings’ tenure.

In 2005-06, Vanderbilt finished 17-13 (SEC: 7-9) and lost to Notre Dame 79-69 in the first round of the NIT. Foster was named first-team All-SEC.

In 2006-07, Vanderbilt had a 22-12 record (SEC East: 10-6, 2nd) and reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Following the end of the regular season, Stallings was named SEC coach of the year by his fellow SEC coaches, while senior Derrick Byars was named SEC player of the year.[5]

In 2007-08, Vanderbilt won its first 16 games of the season en route to a 26-8 record (10-6 SEC). After going 2-4 to start conference play, the Commodores notched seven straight wins, including a victory over then-No. 1 Tennessee, the second straight season Stallings defeated a top-ranked team. Vanderbilt received a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament. However, 13th-seeded Siena routed the Commodores in the first round, 83-62. Shan Foster became the school's all-time leading scorer and was named the 2008 SEC Player of the Year by the SEC's coaches and the Associated Press.

In 2008-09, Stallings had four freshmen playing significant minutes on one of the youngest rosters in the nation. In a down year for the SEC, the Commodores went 19-12 and went 8-8 in conference play, but did not receive a bid to the NCAA Tournament or the NIT at the season's end.

Stallings near the Commodores bench during a game

The 2009-10 season represented a bounceback for the Commodores, who rattled of 10 straight victories after a 6-3 start and went on to post a 12-4 record in SEC play, the best-ever under Stallings. This included season sweeps of Florida and Tennessee, and Vanderbilt finished second in the SEC East behind Kentucky. The Commodores again received a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament but were shocked again, this time by 13th-seeded Murray State, 66-65. However, three NCAA bids in four years is Vanderbilt's best postseason run since the early 1990s. Jermaine Beal was named First Team All-SEC after leading Vanderbilt in scoring and assists, and Stallings was named SEC Coach of the Year for the second time in four seasons.

In 2011-12, Stallings lead Vanderbilt to a 23-11 overall record, 9-7 in the SEC. This year's team was widely considered Vanderbilt's strongest to date, with Stalling's typical makeup of a strong outside shooting presence and a powerful inside post man. The high expectations were largely rooted in the additions of players described as having natural athleticism who could make thrilling and explosive plays, an element that in previous years had been regarded as a weakness of the Vanderbilt team. After an 11-2 preseason record including a win over then 8th ranked UNC, Stallings lead the team to reach a consensus AP and Coaches ranking of 18. Vanderbilt then finished conference play 1-3 and went 2-1 in the SEC Tournament and headed to the NCAA Tournament as a 5 seed. Another upset ensued as 12 seeded Richmond knocked Vanderbilt out of the tournament in the first round. In the last 3 appearances in the NCAA Tournament, despite favorable seedings, Vanderbilt went 0-3, being upset by 13 seeds (twice) and this season by a 12 seed.

In 2011-12 Vanderbilt advanced to its first SEC Tournament final since 1951, when it won in its only other appearance and beating the same team #1 Kentucky by a score of 71-64.[6] Stallings became the first coach in Vanderbilt history to win 20 games in a season seven times (24-10).

With a victory over Lipscomb on November 15, 2013; Stallings passed Roy Skinner as the winningest coach in Vanderbilt history.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Illinois State Redbirds (Missouri Valley Conference) (1993–1999)
1993–1994 Illinois State 16–11 12–6 4th
1994–1995 Illinois State 20–13 13–5 T–2nd NIT Second Round
1995–1996 Illinois State 22–12 13–5 2nd NIT Second Round
1996–1997 Illinois State 24–6 14–4 1st NCAA First Round
1997–1998 Illinois State 25–6 16–2 1st NCAA Second Round
1998–1999 Illinois State 16–15 7–11 7th
Illinois State: 123–63 75–33
Vanderbilt Commodores (Southeastern Conference) (1999–present)
1999–2000 Vanderbilt 19–11 8–8 4th (East) NIT First Round
2000–2001 Vanderbilt 15–15 4–12 6th (East)
2001–2002 Vanderbilt 17–15 6–10 T–5th (East) NIT Second Round
2002–2003 Vanderbilt 11–18 3–13 6th (East)
2003–2004 Vanderbilt 23–10 8–8 T–3rd (East) NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2004–2005 Vanderbilt 20–14 8–8 3rd (East) NIT Second Round
2005–2006 Vanderbilt 17–13 7–9 4th (East) NIT First Round
2006–2007 Vanderbilt 22–12 10–6 2nd (East) NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2007–2008 Vanderbilt 26–8 10–6 3rd (East) NCAA First Round
2008–2009 Vanderbilt 19–12 8–8 T–4th (East)
2009–2010 Vanderbilt 24–9 12–4 2nd (East) NCAA First Round
2010–2011 Vanderbilt 23–11 9–7 T–3rd (East) NCAA Second Round
2011–2012 Vanderbilt 25–11 10–6 T–2nd NCAA Third Round
2012–2013 Vanderbilt 16–17 8–10 10th
2013–2014 Vanderbilt 15–16 7–11 T–10th
Vanderbilt: 292–192 (.603) 118–126 (.484)
Total: 415–255 (.619)

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "1976-77 Collinsville Kahoks". Ballpress.com. Retrieved 2007-02-18. 
  2. ^ "1977-78 Collinsville Kahoks". Ballpress.com. Retrieved 2007-02-18. 
  3. ^ "Collinsville High School Individual Records". Ballpress.com. Retrieved 2007-02-18. 
  4. ^ a b "Kevin Stallings Bio 2006-07". CSTV.com. Retrieved 2007-02-18. 
  5. ^ "Coaches say Byars SEC's best". Tennessean.com. Retrieved 2007-03-08. [dead link]
  6. ^ http://scores.espn.go.com/ncb/boxscore?gameId=320710096